Bangkok Grand Palace
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The Temple of the Emerald Buddha or also known as Wat Phra Kaew is the most interesting attraction inside the Grand Palace. The temple housed a 2000 years-old small Buddha statue made of beautiful jade stone crafted by India sculptors. The highly-revered statue is always wearing a robe that are changed by the Thai King himself marking the beginning of new season. If you look around the wall, you'll noticed artsy mural paintings depicting the life of Lord Buddha. There are also paintings depicting scenes of Ramakien, or the Indian version of Ramayana. They are beautiful even the atmosphere in the temple is so serene and solemn. Sadly, you are not allowed to get a closer look to the Buddha statue. Only the Thai King is allowed to do so. You are free to take some photos, though some areas might be restricted.
Overlooking the beautiful palace garden is Boromabiman Hall, a spacious grand hall where you'll be entertained with frescos of Four Indian Gods believed as guardians of the universe: Indra, Yahuma, Varuna and Agni. Beneath them are plaques of ten royal virtues: liberality, propriety, readiness to sacrifice oneself, clemency, modesty, conscientiousness, freedom from anger, freedom from suspicioun, and right-dealing. The grand hall used to be a venue for the King's annual garden party, it also witnessed the growth of great Thai kings.
If by any chance you missed the chance to visit Angkor Wat, at least you'll still be able to enjoy its twin here at Grand Palace. The stone temple is impressive in its own way, especially with its intricate details. Additionally, one interesting fact about the stone wat is, this stone Angkor Wat was constructed during Rama IV's reign when Cambodia was the vassal state of Siam.
Phrasat Phra Debidorn is also recognized as the Pantheon of Thailand. 8 life-size statues of first eight kings of the Chakri Dynasty resides inside the temple. While the fact alone is enough to pique your interest, general public is only allowed to enter inside the temple on 6th April to celebrate Chakri Day. That means, you only have one-day chance to see these intriguing king statues.
If you want to see one of Thailand's most precious treasure, head to Phra Viharn Yot. It is where a stone that served as a throne for the 13th founder of Thailand (Ramkhamhaeng) is kept. The stone was brought to Thailand by Rama IV during his journey of a wandering monk.
Phra Mondhop is another building in the Grand Palace complex that will awe you with its aesthetic. The temple walls are covered with colorful tiny glass mosaics giving the building its intricate motifs and details. Guarded by two demons, the building contain Buddhist's sacred scriptures of 'Tripitaka' or Triple Baskets in English. The scriptures is kept on a black lacquered bookcase. And if you managed to pass the fierceful gold demons, you'll be amazed with Phra Mondhop's floor made of pure silver.
How to Get Tickets?
You need to pay admission fee to enter the Grand Palace for about 500 Thai Baht per-person. Good news, you don't need to pay more money to enter Wat Phra Kaew.
How To Get Around?
The only way to go from one attraction to another in the Grand Palace complex is by walking. Two of Thailand's most famous temples, Wat Pho is located just next to the palace and Wat Arun just across the river.
What Should I Wear?
If you think dress code rules in Wat Pho and Wat Arun are strict, the Grand Palace's dressing rules are way stricter. It's almost obvious though, since the Grand Palace serve as a symbol of royalty and pilgrimage site at the same time. Knowing so, wearing tank tops and shorts are prohibited. That includes your feet. Wear socks to cover your bare feet, and yeah the same rule also applies if you're wearing flip-flops or sandals.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Grand Palace is early in the morning, much better if you can reach the palace few minutes before opening hour (08:30). That way you can enjoy exploring the palace complex without having to deal with hot sweltering weather and crowds.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, you'll be fine exploring Grand Palace on your own, especially after you read information provided in this website.
How To Get There?
The Grand Palace is located in the eastern bank of Chao Phraya River. You can reach the sacred site by BTS Skytrain to Taksin Station. Next, hop into a Chao Phraya River Express towards Tha Chang Wang Luang Pier. Take a short walk and the castle's entrance gate is right in front of you.